Brahmin Ojha in India

Joshua Project has identified the Brahmin Ojha only in India
Population
50,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Ojha Brahmins specialize in casting out unclean spirits and telling fortunes. For that reason, they are only obliquely related to other Brahmin communities that have their roots in performing Hindu rituals. Traditionally Brahmins have five daily duties; to the gods, to ancestors, to all creatures, to humans, and to study. Thus daily worship (duty to gods) and chanting of sacred texts (duty to study) are an integral part of many Brahmins' lives, even if this is only a token routine for many.


Where Are they Located?

Ojha Brahmins are scattered across India where they speak many different local languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Ojha Brahmins are still deeply influenced by the traditional four stages of life; the first student stage is followed by the householder stage, where marriage, raising a family and being a productive member of society is the primary obligation of an individual. Once children are married there is time for spiritual concerns in the third stage of reclusiveness, which is followed (this is rarely practiced) by itinerant homeless wandering (sannyasa).


What Are Their Beliefs?

In some cases Brahmin subgroups are defined by their theological distinctions such as Madhva Brahmins, who are defined by their dualist theology, though everyone does not actually hold those beliefs. However, many Brahmin castes are made up of people who adhere to all the various philosophical and theological options espoused by modern Hindus, including hard core secularists and atheists. One can never predict what an individual Brahmin might believe or disbelieve!


What Are Their Needs?

Brahmins as an influential and generally well-to-do community are not unlike the middle classes of most places. Their main needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units which have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to "achieve it all," but ironically, achieving it all can be empty.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Ojha Brahmin leaders.
* Ask God to break the hold that the occult has on the Ojha people and replace it with devotion to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the Lord will open the hearts of the Ojha Brahmins so that they can enjoy the peace and joy that only comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
* Ask God to send faithful believers to reach out to the Ojha Brahmins.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19967/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Ojha-Brahmins/
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Ojha
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ojha


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Brahmin Ojha
People Name in Country Brahmin Ojha
Population in India 50,000
World Population 50,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Brahman Terai, Brahmin Terai, Ojhari, Otari, Vatari, ब्रामिन, ओझा
People ID 19967
ROP3 Code 115746
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
(19,000)
Maharashtra
(12,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(6,700)
West Bengal
(4,000)
Bihar
(2,700)
Chhattisgarh
(2,500)
Uttarakhand
(1,200)
Odisha
(900)
Andhra Pradesh
(600)
Telangana
(500)
Gujarat
(300)
Karnataka
(300)
Jharkhand
(100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Madhya Pradesh (19,000)
  Maharashtra (12,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (6,700)
  West Bengal (4,000)
  Bihar (2,700)
  Chhattisgarh (2,500)
  Uttarakhand (1,200)
  Odisha (900)
  Andhra Pradesh (600)
  Telangana (500)
  Gujarat (300)
  Karnataka (300)
  Jharkhand (100)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (29,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Marathi
(9,800)
Bengali
(2,600)
Chhattisgarhi
(1,700)
Telugu
(1,000)
Odia
(800)
Bhojpuri
(500)
Maithili
(400)
Nimadi
(300)
Gujarati
(300)
Kannada
(300)
Awadhi
(100)
Kanauji
(100)
Garhwali
(50)
Kumaoni
(40)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (29,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Marathi (9,800)
  Bengali (2,600)
  Chhattisgarhi (1,700)
  Telugu (1,000)
  Odia (800)
  Bhojpuri (500)
  Maithili (400)
  Nimadi (300)
  Gujarati (300)
  Kannada (300)
  Awadhi (100)
  Kanauji (100)
  Garhwali (50)
  Kumaoni (40)
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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